Integrity quotes page 1
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
Virtue is never left to stand alone. He who has it will have
The blessed work of helping the world forward, happily does not wait to be done by perfect
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man does not have
to be an angel in order to be saint.
The greatness of a
man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his
ability to affect those around him positively.
Learn to value
yourself, which means: Fight for your happiness.
tells us to focus on first is not how to bring stability to the world, but how to
be the best possible version of ourselves. To "cultivate one's moral character" is the first step
towards taking responsibility for the nation, and for society. Confucius and his disciples
struggled hard to be "the best version" of themselves, but their aim in this was to better
carry out their responsibilities to the society in which they lived.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
H. L. Mencken
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is
dangerous and dreadful.
Be ashamed to die before you have won some victory for humanity.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve
Integrity has no need of rules.
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is possible that some who achieve or
aspire to sainthood have never had much temptation to be human beings.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.
Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental
principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life,
and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.
Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right, and stick to it.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation for integrity.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned
if you do, and damned if you don't.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what
you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
There's no point in being complete on the outside when you're broken in the inside.
Always stand on principle - even if you stand alone.
In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy.
And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you.
Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.
One person of integrity can make a difference.
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it
And I may stand where health, success, and power
Await my coming, if, each fleeting hour
I cling to love and patience; and abide
With stainlessness; and never step aside
From high integrity; so shall I see
At last the land of immortality.
Never lose your self-respect, nor be too familiar with yourself when you are alone. Let your
integrity itself be your own standard of rectitude, and be more indebted to the severity of
your own judgement of yourself than to all external precepts. Desist from unseemly conduct,
rather out of respect for your own virtue than for the strictures of external authority. Come
to hold yourself in awe, and you will have no need of Seneca's imaginary tutor.
Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or
anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a fake messiah.
No man, for any considerable time,
can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude
without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
A life lived with integrity, even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune, is a shining star
in whose light others may follow in the years to come.